I have mixed feelings about zoos. I enjoyed taking my kids to the Milwaukee Zoo when they were young, and the zoo in Asheboro, NC had a lot of wide open spaces when we visited many years ago. Still, the big cats could have had more room. These zoos are more like parks, with some cages. The elephants, rhinos and antelope had plenty of pasture to roam. They were a far sight better than the roadside zoos which unfortunately still exist.
The zoos where animals are caged in spaces that remind me of prison cells should be illegal by now. I imagine what it would be like to have to stay in my living room all the time. That’s what some cages in roadside zoos are like for lions, and tigers and bears. They pace back and forth. I hate to even think about it.
In an ideal world, there would be no zoos, only sanctuaries and parks with natural habitats. But since zoos do exist, we can be sure to only support the most humane and natural facilities, or none at all. I applaud the work of Jane Goodall who has done so much to improve conditions for chimps, and those who create and maintain sanctuaries like the one Shirley goes to in this moving video:
We can make a world with no chains and no more cages, a world with love and compassion.
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An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.
April 30, 2016 at 8:38 am
Why does my font look larger than usual? It looks normal on the edit page.
April 30, 2016 at 3:30 pm
I was about to say that. It looks so tiny.
I loved this post. The zoo in my hometown was really congested… Amazing variety of animals, probably the best in the state but the animals themselves were so sad and unnatural. Very very slowly they are trying to raise funds to enhance the enclosures and develop more greenery. This looks like a great attempt!
April 30, 2016 at 3:59 pm
I’m glad to know the zoo in your hometown is trying to make things better. It is a worthy cause to support.
April 30, 2016 at 6:12 pm
Do you have any of the places you drive through down there in the US? Essentially, the animals roam free and the people are caged in their cars for their protection. I think it’s a wonderful compromise, though you have to wonder where the animals are kept in the winter up here in Canada…
May 1, 2016 at 4:59 am
Yes, we do. They are in the south or middle states. I have not been to one of those, but I would feel good about supporting something like that. Thanks for bringing this up as a better alternative than traditional zoos.
April 30, 2016 at 11:04 pm
Interesting post & theme, Joanna. I didn’t do SoCS this week but probably should as I was thinking about zoos today as I saw Roger Hodgson from Supertramp last night and heard his fabulous song, ‘Death and a Zoo’ for the first time! It really made me think..
May 1, 2016 at 5:12 am
Wow! I never heard it before now. Thank you for letting me know about it, Mary. It’s powerful, sad and beautiful. I used to love Supertramp all those years ago. Glad to know Roger Hodson is still doing good work. https://youtu.be/g8lYQieW7Rw
May 1, 2016 at 2:06 pm
I loved it too, Joanna. Actually think I prefer his new stuff. Some beautiful, yet simple songs
May 1, 2016 at 6:52 am
I too have mixed feelings about zoos and caged animals. Great post! 🙂 ❤
May 2, 2016 at 6:29 am
Thank you, Natalie! ❤
May 4, 2016 at 2:47 pm
I’m with you on zoos; I can’t stand the places, they’re all horribly depressing.